How to Teach and Reach Children with a Kinesthetic Learning Style?
Children who have a kinesthetic learning style are usually easy to spot.
They're the kids who can't seem to sit still. They use their senses
to help them learn. Teaching reading to a kinesthetic learner is a much
easier if you understand the best way to communicate with them.
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Do any of the below characteristics sound familiar?
Maybe A Kinesthetic Learning Style May Suit ?
- Very active – like to move around while listening or talking
- Often talk with their hands
- Touch things in order to learn about them
- Remember things by recalling who did what rather than who said what
- Touch and feel everything – rub hands on walls, furniture, halls as they move
- Like to find out how things work
- Their lips move when they read
- Learn best through movement
- Communicate through body language and movement
- Shows you rather than tells you
- Responds to physical rewards and touching
- Often move and talk slowly
- May stand closer than a visual child
- Needs to explore their environment more than other kids
- Is often unaware of their own movement and distracted by movement of others
Kinesthetic learners are good at the following:
- Have Natural athletic ability
- Good at dramatic arts
- Being creative and using their imagination
- Good at taking things apart and putting them back together
Kinesthetic learners face challenges with the following:
- May need to be moving in order to learn (makes classroom learning a challenge)
labeled with ADD or hyperactivity because they have trouble learning in
a traditional classroom setting (but more and more schools are changing
to address the needs of tactile learners)
- Older kinesthetic or tactile learners (6+) are often classified as underachievers in school
- Doesn't usually enjoy reading or spelling
How to help your kinesthetic learner:
- Allow them to be active while you read to them
- Let them participate in drama
- Encourage them to participate in science or lab experiments
- Have them move their fingers under words as they read
- Watch them perform skits and dances
- Utilize lots of “hands on” activities to perform learning (i.e., learn how to count while cooking or playing hopscotch)
- Provide quiet time after physical activities
- Task rewards may work well
- Use competitions to motivate your kinesthetic learner
- Make it harder to move than to sit still (such as moving desk against wall)
- Allow for planned times for movement
- Work with teachers to ensure the best learning environment in the classroom
- Fun games and activities are especially helpful to engage kinesthetic learners
- Incorporate subjects that are especially interesting to your tactile learner to capture their desire to learn
What books are best for kids with a kinesthetic learning style?
What games are best for children with a kinesthetic learning style?
- Board games
- Interactive reading games
- Interactive computer games
- Drag and drop games
- Matching games
- Role playing games
- Phonics games
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